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How To Reset AirPods 2?

Written by, Adavelli Muninder

Updated October, 14, 2022

Apple’s AirPods 2 are some of the best earbuds that you can buy.

But even great earphones are prone to hiccups.

If you’ve been using your AirPods for a while, they might get a little buggy. And when that happens, a reset may be just what you need.

Here’s how to reset your AirPods 2, AirPods 3, the original AirPods, and AirPods Pro.

How To Reset AirPods 2

Whether you want to trade up your AirPods, sell them, or kick-start them back into action, a reset is always the right choice. 

The good news is resetting your AirPods is a straightforward process that won’t take more than a few minutes. What’s more, the same steps apply regardless of the AirPods you own. This includes the original AirPods, the Airpods 2 and 3, and the AirPods Pro.

There are two ways to reset your AirPods: a hard reset and a factory reset. 

AirPods Hard Reset

To do a hard reset on your AirPods 2: 

  1. Open the lid and wait for the AirPods to show on your device.
  2. Close the lid and find the button on the back of the case.
  3. Press and hold the button until the light on the case turns off.
  4. Open the lid. The AirPods should prompt a pop-on on your device, asking you to connect them to the device.
  5. Tap ‘Connect’.

AirPods Factory Reset

To do a factory reset on your AirPods 2:

  1. Put the AirPods in the charging case and close the lid.
  2. Wait for 30 seconds and open the lid of the charging case.
  3. Go to ‘Settings’ and then ‘Bluetooth’.
  4. Find your AirPods and tap ‘More info’ (the ‘i’ button).
  5. Tap ‘Forget Device’.
  6. Press and hold the setup button on the case for 15 seconds with the lid open. The status light should turn flash amber and then white.
  7. Reconnect your AirPods to your device. With the buds in your charging case, open the lid, and follow the instructions on the screen.

What To Do When AirPods Won’t Reset

If you still can’t reset your AirPods and connect them to your device, here’s what you can do to try and fix your connectivity issues.

  • Charge your Airpods.

 Sometimes, the reason why your AirPods are buggy or have a bad connection is that they’re low on battery. Also, your AirPods may not be resetting because there is not enough charge to perform a proper reset.

  • Clean your Airpods.

Debris and lint can interrupt the connection because there’s not enough contact with the case.

If the charging port of the tails of the earbuds is dirty, your Airpods won’t reset or connect. 

To clean your AirPods, you’ll need a cotton swab and 70% isopropyl alcohol. Once you finish cleaning your earbuds and case, you can try to reset your  Apple AirPods again.

  • Drain the battery and recharge it.

Draining the battery entirely isn’t recommended regularly, but it might help kickstart your AirPods into action. 

Once the AirPods are out of power, put the buds in the charging case and leave them there to charge for at least half an hour.

  • Update your operating system.

Updates exist for a reason. They typically fix bugs and issues that most users face when using their devices. 

If your AirPods aren’t working properly even after you reset your AirPods case, check if there are any pending updates. Once you update your device, you can try an Apple AirPods reset again.

  • Contact Apple Support.

If resetting your AirPods doesn’t work (or your AirPods won’t reset at all), you can reach out to Apple’s customer support team for help. 

Note that you’ll need your serial number, Apple ID, and proof of your purchase when talking to an Apple customer support representative.

Bottom Line 

Apple’s second-generation AirPods are good earbuds, but they can sometimes get buggy and fail to sync to your device or charge. When that happens, you can try resetting them to fix the issue. If that doesn’t work, you should consider contacting the Apple customer support team and ask for assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions And Their Answers

How do I reset my AirPods 2 if they are not working?

If your AirPods are not working, you can try to factory reset the AirPods or do a hard reset.

How do I factory reset my AirPods 2?

To factory reset your AirPods 2, you’ll need to put your earbuds into the case and then disconnect them from your device.

How to reset AirPods 2 on Android?

To reset the AirPods 2 on your Android device, put the buds in the charging case, hold the button on the case, and reconnect the AirPods to your device.